Credentials Can Change
This is a picture of the comfortable and warm quilt that was made from all the runner’s T-shirts I received while jogging my way through thirteen marathons in nine different states. All that activity generated not just T-shirts, but a strong heart and lungs. That’s a good thing, right? Especially with the history of heart disease in my family of origin. But, it’s not the whole story…
After about ten years and with all that running, I developed back pain and sciatic nerve issues. Don’t misunderstand, this is not to be critical of running. During those years, I was in the best condition of my life. Here’s the point. Listen to your body. It’s fully capable of advising you when it is time to change your routines. But, you have to be willing to listen. With physical therapy and a regular yoga practice, I was able to restore the health and strength of my lower back, without surgery or prescription medications. I had to learn a better way to balance the physical, emotional, cerebral, and spiritual aspects of my life. That was the takeaway, the lesson with which to continue the journey.
Being active is key. Continuing to learn is too.
In addition to being a former marathoner, a former attorney, and a life-long geologist, I am a writer, father, husband, speaker, and bicyclist. Listed below are some post-midlife activities that inform my credentials as the Adventurer With A Pen:
- Thirteen marathons in nine different states (of geography)
- Raised two wonderful kids who became reasonably healthy, competent, and enjoyable people
- Explored Alaska on a road trip from Colorado to the Arctic Circle,
- Wrote my first book
- Hiked the Samaria Gorge on the island of Crete, Greece
- Explored the beaches and mountains of Bali, Indonesia
- Wrote my first novel, Icarus and the Wing Builder
- Summited Volcan Baru (11,400 ft) in Panama in time for a sunrise view of two oceans
- Trekked across Colorado by bicycle including five mountain passes.
Signed by Daedalus
Updated: January 6, 2017